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Title: The ontology of the person : the basis for commitive and creative moral agency in nursing practice
Author: Braun, Rita F.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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The purpose of this thesis was to explore concepts involved in a system of meaning called moral agency in nursing practice and to identify the meaning of, and means for, the commitive and creative actuation of moral ethical agency. Based on analysis and insights from experience and the literature, a framework was developed to include interrelated components of the ontology of person and moral agency, actuation of the appropriately-reasoned moral decision, the nature of commitive moral agency, facilitators and constraints to ethical actions, concepts of person and self-identity, virtue and ethics of virtue in relation to practice, the actuation of moral agency and the nature of creative moral agency. From the analysis of the ontology of person, the reflective nurse as moral agent actualises agency by knowing oneself as being based in the dimensions of person, self and I. Internal qualities influencing the moral agent to empowered choice and action include the shared values and virtues as habits of being and character. The virtues inherent in being wholly engaged in practice and in animating and energising the effects of the spirit as affecting a person's activity and agency indicate the importance of the spiritual dimension in nursing. In the analysis, guilt and shame are described as inhibitors to agency; the dimensions of hope are revealed as facilitators of agency by linking hope's effects in the spirit and shared life. An intersubjective relational ontology of person provides the basis for sound hope and for the development of the integrally spiritual being.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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